Cameron Fathauer was in seventh grade when he read the book “Do Hard Things” by Alex Harris.
The book talked about the laziness that had crept into teenagers and laid out God’s plan for teens to go out and do difficult things.
About that time, Fathauer’s mother, Lora, returned from a Passion conference in Atlanta. There, she had met a man from Columbus named Ryan Bodine, who knew a lady in Haiti who needed serious financial help for her orphanage.
That led Cameron to feel called to start “A Shot for Haiti.” Now in its fourth year, it has raised about $4,500 for the impoverished nation.
“Cameron said he read this book and wished he could do something, and I had talked to Ryan,” Lora said. “So we connected with Ryan, who connected us with this lady in Haiti. It’s like God collided both of our worlds.”
While Cameron was in middle school, the Fathauers raised $2,000 for the orphanage Foyer de la Providence. When Cameron got to high school, “A Shot for Haiti” became an official North event and featured the game “Knockout” as the main fundraiser.
Last year, more than 50 students were involved in two games of Knockout — one at each basket — at halftime of a boys basketball game. This year, about 35 fans took part in Knockout at halftime of the Feb. 8 game against East Central.
“We picked a bad date,” Cameron said. “But we’re constantly learning.”
Cameron has raised about $350 so far this year for Potter’s House in Vaudreil, Haiti.
“I have a direct contact in my church (Community Church of Columbus) who’s doing mission work there, and he knows an orphanage that needed help,” Cameron said. “Every year, we’ve sent the money to different organizations. Every year, it’s gone to a great cause.”
Cameron is a member of North’s Student Assembly and said a lot of its members have helped him. Senior Emma Terry helped with designing the T-shirts for “A Shot for Haiti.”
“It’s turning into not my event anymore,” Cameron said. “It’s becoming North and the community here and the staff. They’ve helped me out a lot.
“As I’ve gotten all this help from people, I’m thinking about making it an official Student Assembly event,” he said. “That way it will be school-funded. I want to make it an official school event.”
When he is a senior, Cameron hopes to be able to raise money through a game of Knockout at an Indiana Pacers game for his senior project.
“Cam is a special young man and has a very big heart,” North varsity coach Jason Speer said. “He has a passion for people in need, such as what is going on in Haiti, so we’re very proud of him and support him 100 percent.”
A member of the Bull Dogs’ junior varsity basketball team, Cameron has missed the past few games with a bone bruise in his right SI joint and hopes to return to action for the last couple games of the season.
Cameron is no stranger to helping others. Last summer, he and North junior Josh Speidel and their fathers went on a mission trip to teach the game of basketball in Marseille, France.
“He’s very focused on trying to make Jesus known through whatever he does and use his heart for God,” Lora said. “He keeps trying to find ways to use something he loves, which is basketball, with his faith to make a difference.”